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Holy Ghost Trail #283

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.0 mile 6.4 kilometer point to point
79% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,791' 546 m
Descent: -100' -30 m
High: 9,820' 2,993 m
Low: 8,129' 2,478 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)

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A nice backcountry trail following Holy Ghost creek up to the Winsor National Recreation Trail.

Peter Olson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Ass of Fall 2015, the road to the campground is closed for repair so you get an extra 3 miles on the road before you hit the singletrack.

Runner Notes

There are several stream crossings on logs and rocks. The water can be pretty high in the spring during the snowmelt, but all are generally easy to cross without getting wet.

Description

From the USFS campground, head uphill on the good singletrack. The trail climbs the drainage that is called Holy Ghost Creek. You'll cross grassy meadows, find your way through thicker willow copse and finally climb up to open Ponderosa forest. As you scamper along the trail, which is mostly dirt and pine duff with some rocky sections, you'll see the higher mountains towering above peeking through the trees.

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One of the many meadows on the Holy Ghost (Spirit Lake) trail.
Sep 21, 2015 near Pecos, NM
This looks like a good spot to re-fill with water!
Sep 21, 2015 near Pecos, NM
Lupe crosses Holy Ghost Creek on the Spirit Lake Trail
Sep 21, 2015 near Pecos, NM

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